Just Be Kind

http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Pembroke-Pines-Arbys-Reportedly-Refuses-Cop-323860901.html

I’m sure we don’t have the full story, and we may never get it. But if this happened as reported, then it is every bit as discriminatory as all the other cases being claimed as such.

This was disrespectful, and I hate it. I believe it’s just one more example of the current climate toward law enforcement and it’s shameful. I’m sick to death of the disrespect. And I’m sick of “Fill-In-The-Blank Lives Matter,” because LIVES MATTER. Period. All lives. Mine. Yours. My law enforcement husband. My 9 year old daughter. My mother. The homeless person on Main Street. My best friend. My favorite athlete. My least favorite singer. The person acting like a jerk in traffic. The stranger I’ve never met. All these lives matter whether they are pink, purple, green, polka-dotted or any other color.

But if you’re a criminal, you’re going to have to face consequences. If you’re not, then don’t act like one! If an officer of the law tells you to stop, stop. (And yes, of course I know there are bad cops out there, just like there are bad teachers and bad clergy members, and bad doctors, and bad athletes….do I need to go on? Really?)

But, and this is where I’m sure some on my friends list will disagree with me, this is why I have a problem with those who say it’s ok for a bakery (or any other business) to deny service to customers with whom they disagree about their lifestyle. I’m a Christ-follower, but that doesn’t mean I have the right to be disrespectful if I disagree with someone who is not. If I have a job to do, I need to do it. My LIFE that I live every day, the way I treat others, the way I approach my job, the way I act toward people around me, whether or not I actively care for those around me, THAT shows my love for God. Being disrespectful, unloving, and condemning do not.

I don’t care what job you have, there will be people you do not want to deal with, for a long list of reasons. Police officers, customer service reps, garbage collectors, CEOs, nurses, teachers,, truck drivers, golf pros, accountants, coaches, ahem, church secretaries…we all deal with people we’d rather not. We’re grown ups.

WE DON’T HAVE TO AGREE WITH EACH OTHER TO BE KIND. If we all chose to remember that, the world would be a better place.